Author(s): Aliotta JM, Passero M, Meharg J, Klinger J, Dooner MS,
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Abstract Adult stem cells are likely to have much more versatile differentiation capabilities than once believed. Numerous studies have appeared over the past decade demonstrating the ability of adult stem cells to differentiate into a variety of cells from non-hematopoietic organs, including the lung. The goal of this review is to provide an overview of the growth factors which are thought to be involved in lung development and disease, describe the cells within the lung that are believed to replace cells that have been injured, review the studies that have demonstrated the transformation of bone marrow-derived stem cells into lung cells, and describe potential clinical applications with respect to human pulmonary disease. Copyright 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
This article was published in J Cell Physiol
and referenced in Journal of Clinical Respiratory Diseases and Care